I’m really not crazy about ITV’s Victoria tbh. Why go out of the way to present Victoria as a proto-feminist, which she definitely was not, when you could write an accurate show about how interesting her daughters were:
Victoria “Vicky”: Married Frederick “Fritz”, Crown Prince of Prussia and tried to influence politics in a more liberal direction. She read and took an interest in the works of both Marx and Darwin, her mother was appalled that she gave their ideas any credence whatsoever. She advocated for better education of women and founded schools for girls. Vicky and Fritz were both vocally opposed to Antisemitism and personally interceded on behalf of persecuted German Jews. Unfortunately their son was Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Alice: Acted as her mother’s private secretary after the death of Prince Albert. She married Grand Duke Louis of Hesse and had seven children, all of whome she breast fed. Alice was in favor of breast feeding and had a strong interest in gynecology, neither of which were ever discussed. Queen Victoria was so disgusted with this that she was barely on speaking terms with Alice, She also took up nursing and managed a hospital during the Austro-Prussian War while heavily pregnant.
Helena “Lenchen”: Usually the forgotten sister. She was quite a tomboy as a child and bested her brothers at sports. Lenchen also had a keen interest in engineering, but was almost immediately discouraged by her parents because it was not a suitable interest for girls. She had an arranged marriage to a prince 15 years her senior, but stayed in England under Victoria’s eye. She went on to become president of the Royal British Nurses’ Association and the Royal School of Needlework, both of which she supported because it gave young women the chance to support themselves.
Louise: If any of Victoria’s daughters can be considered truly rebellious it’s little Louise. Nearly everything she did in life, her mother disapproved of. She was an accomplished artist but was not satisfied with just painting. Instead Louise pursued the unladylike art of sculpture. This required her to attend art school, which she did. Louise went to the National Art Training School, making her the first ever British royal to attend a public school. She later married John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne, who was said to have been gay. Her husband was made Viceroy of Canada, which means that Louise got to escape her mother for a while. She did not like being seen as royal and often went by the name of Mrs. Campbell. Louise had no children, but a rumor persists that she had an illegitimate son well before her marriage.
Beatrice: She was the youngest of Queen Victoria’s nine children, and perhaps the only one whom Victoria truly liked. Beatrice was known as “Baby” from birth. When Prince Albert died, Victoria developed an uncomfortably strong attachment to Beatrice. She had “Baby” sleep in the same bed with her and in a way, used Beatrice as a coping mechanism against the psychological damage done by Albert’s death. Victoria discouraged Beatrice from marriage and wouldn’t allow the subject to be discussed in an attempt to keep Beatrice in a perpetual childhood. Beatrice’s act of rebellion was to marry for love. She married Prince Henry of Battenberg at the age of 28, which was rather old for the standards of the day. But she remained close by Victoria for the rest of her mother’s life.
Windsor Castle, 10 february 1854 |Tableaux of the Seasons
Apart from acting in plays, the children also created tableaux vivants. On such occasion the Queen always remarked that her husband was “much pleased” with the entertainment, which consisted of thematic stage pictures, scenerey, musical accompaniment, and, sometimes, poetic recitation. The tableau vivant - a peculiarly nineteenth-century form of drawing room entertainment - was based on the popular theatrical convention of concluding scenes with a stage picture that, by temporarily suspending speech and action, effectively turned the performance into a living painting. Tableaux performed in private were not generally scenes from plays, but were more likely to recreate historical events, represent mythological and literaru figures.
Queen Victoria and the Theatre of Her Age by R. Schoch.
This Tableaux was performed at Windsor Castle in the Rubens Room in 1854 by the seven eldest children of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to mark their parent’s 14th wedding anniversary. The scenes were based on The Seasons by the 18th century poet James Thomson and were photographed by Roger Fenton.
Queen Victoria recorded in her journal that: “5 tableaux were performed, 4, representing the seasons. Alice, as spring, recited some very pretty verses from Thompson’s Season - Vicky as summer, with dear little Arthur asleep amongst corn sheaves, also recited verses, - Affie, as Bacchus, representing Autumn, also saying some verses, - & Bertie, with a long white beard & cloak covered with snow, Louise, in a sort of Russian costume, sitting before a fire, represented Winter. He also recited some verses taken and adapted from Thompson’s Seasons. This was almost the prettiest tableau. The 5th & last one combined the 4 others, which had each been separately represent d. In the clouds, at the back, stood dear little Lenchen, reciting very pretty verses specially written for the purpose by Mr Martin Tupper, as the Spirit of the Empress Helena.The scenery was admirably adapted to each Tableau & appropriate music was played between each. They all looked and did their parts so well…We were all delighted, & the whole, was such a pretty idea’.
Princess Victoria as Summer | Prince Albert Edward as Winter | Princess Alice as Spring | Prince Alfred as Autumn | Prince Arthur as Summer | Princess Helena as the Spirit Empress | Princess Louise as Winter.
Summary: The King of the Ice Kingdom arrives in the palace seeking a bride for his only son. Who will he choose?
Word Count: 2835
Warnings: Blood (In later parts), Smut (in later parts)
You were running by through the palace gardens when you heard one of the servants calling your name. Your two sisters, Katerina and Victoria, looked up from the game of checkers they were playing beneath the cherry blossom tree.
Gold-chain bracelet given to Queen Victoria by her husband, Prince Albert, after the birth of their first child in November 1840. An enamel locket was added for each subsequent child, each one containing a lock of the child’s hair and inscribed with the name and date of birth.
The hearts record the birth of the children as follows: pink for Victoria, Princess Royal; turquoise blue for Albert, Prince of Wales; red for Princess Alice; dark blue for Alfred; translucent white for Helena; dark green for Louise; mid blue for Arthur; opaque white for Leopold and light green for Beatrice.